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A first for Filmfare: Darsheel for Best Actor

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Feb 06, 2008 at 05:37pm IST

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New Delhi: The Filmfare nominations for the year 2007 are out but it's the Best Actor in a Leading Role category that is attracting all the attention.

For the first time in the history of Filmfare awards, a child actor, that is nine-year-old Darsheel Safary has been nominated for Best Actor in a Lead Role.

Darsheel has been nominated for his portrayal of Ishaan, a dyslexic child in Aamir Khan's directorial debut Taare Zameen Par.

Aamir too has been nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role category.

Darsheel will be competing with biggies like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan and Shahid Kapur for the best actor title.

Darsheel was nominated for and won the Screen Award for Best Child Actor in January this year.

However, the award upset the young actor who said that the Best Actor Award should be his and he won't settle for a child actor award.

Darsheel firmly believes that since Aamir Khan was also nominated in the Best Supporting Actor Award category, the best Actor nomination and award is what he really deserved. The Best Actor Award at the ceremony was bagged by Shah Rukh Khan for Chak De India.

"I am playing the lead role in the film, so I should get the Best Actor Award," Darsheel says.

Taare Zameen Par swept the 14th Screen Awards, with the debutant director of the movie, Aamir Khan, sharing even the Best Director's Award with Shimit Amin of .

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